COVID-19 Information for Court Users

The Supreme Court is still conducting as much business as possible.

The Court is using audio and video conferences to reduce the number of people attending the court building.  The following Circular to Practitioners provides further information:

Circular No. 5 of 2020 – Approved Manner of Court Proceedings

The Court will be resuming face-to-face proceedings in courtrooms in accordance with:

Practice Direction No. 4 of 2020 – Resumption of Face-to-Face-Court Proceedings

CRIMINAL REGISTRY

If you are on bail you must still turn up to court.

Each night the court list for the following day is published at:

https://www.supremecourt.tas.gov.au/daily-lists/.

If your name is under the heading For Bail Consent your case has been adjourned to a different date.

All legal practitioners are directed to the following relevant practice directions and circulars:

Practice Direction No. 3 of 2020: New Arrangements Relating to COVID-19

Circular No. 3 of 2020: COVID-19 and Miscellaneous Criminal Business

CIVIL REGISTRY

The Civil Registries of the Supreme Court remain open state-wide.

All legal practitioners and applicants in person are directed to the following relevant practice directions and circulars:

Practice Direction No. 1 of 2020 CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) RESPONSE – Civil Litigation And Appeals

Circular No. 2 of 2020: e-Filing In The Supreme Court

PROBATE REGISTRY

The Probate Registry remains open. The Registry is now only accepting documents by mail or Document Exchange. All documents will be returned by mail or Document exchange.

To speed the return of the Grant of Probate, the Probate Registry recommends that firms and applicants in person make payment of the filing fee when lodging the probate documents. If this payment is not being made by cheque but by electronic transfer, please ensure a copy of the remittance and confirmation receipt is sent together with the application or is sent by email to the Probate Registry with clear identification as to the estate name and/or tax invoice number.

If you wish to make payment by EFTPOS (credit card), a telephone call can be made to the Probate registry for the confidential transfer of card details.

Applicants in Person are referred to the Probate Registry page on this website at the following link: https://www.supremecourt.tas.gov.au/probate/

Should any issue arise from this direction please email our office directly.  Contact information: probate@supremecourt.tas.gov.au

OTHER INFORMATION

MEDIA RELEASE – Corona Virus Response (15 March 2020)

MEDIA RELEASE – Suspension of Jury Trials  (18 March 2020) 

Tasmanian Government Coronavirus webpage:

https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/